Moonee Ponds West Primary School

18 December 2018
2018 - Issue 41
Principal's report
School Council
Education News 
Music News
Fundraising Events
School Information
Community Calendar
Community News
Moonee Ponds West Primary School
(03) 9370 6875
150 Athol Street
Moonee Ponds, Victoria, 3039

Principal's report

Greeting to all the families and students associated with Moonee Ponds West PS

It is the final week of our year together, and what a great Semester of learning we have experienced.

Last week you will have received your child’s portfolio and their written report for the Semester. I am hopeful that you can see your child’s growth in learning.  Learning growth is the most important indicator of success.  I am always looking for at least 5 terms growth in 4 terms.  This ensures that we keep up with the overall expectation. However, for some children we need more growth than that, if they are to catch up to what is expected.  When teachers monitor closely, they are able to be aware of progression and regression and intervene in both situations.

In 2019, the school structure will be supporting teachers working in cohort Professional Learning Teams to monitor and extend students across the domains. This is exciting new work for Moonee Ponds West, with all staff collectively willing to work in this way.  I am noticing an unrelenting willingness to learn and strengthen learning understandings so that student-learning outcomes are improved.

Parent Rep System at MPWPS

How pleased was I when I realised that MPW has a Parent Rep System already established.  Although this group hasn’t met much this year I would like to invite parents that might be interested to join for the 2019 school year.  I have attached a little bit about the program; that is, what it is and how frequently we get to meet so that you know what is expected.  There is a statement for the F-2,3/4 and 5/6 opportunities attached below.  There is also an Expression of Interest which is not due until February so time to think. It is a great role for a parent or carer to have and shows you how a school can work to support student learning.


Class Placement

You will have received your child’s Class Placement for 2019.  Please remember we have a philosophy around multi-aged classes NOT composite groupings and so the making of classes is different. Teachers are planning for learning across a range of abilities not targeting the class groups.  As a result, there could be students in a Foundation and One class that are working on outcomes planned for pre-Foundation (for those that may need this) to Level 2 outcomes. Each learning level maps outcomes over two years.  Please remember that we will be monitoring the class groupings until the end of Term 1 as sometimes classes work on paper but not in reality.

Year 6 Graduation

Thank-you to our wonderful Year 6 students who have worked hard all year to be the best learners they can be.  Graduation evening is about the Year 6 students and their families individually and collectively.   I am really looking forward to welcoming all to the evening on Wednesday December 19 in the school’s gym.

Families Leaving

For some families this year will bring to an end their association with MPWPS after many years.  It is important that we recognise parents/carers who have been part of the MPWPS community. As you leave please reflect of the important positive dimensions of your contribution.  Being a partner in your child’s learning is a very important contributing factor to your child’s success.

Parent Helpers

My sincere thank you to all our parents and carers who have assisted in classrooms and at school events.  Due to time racing away from us we have not had the opportunity to host our Annual Parent and Carer Helpers Morning Tea, this will be arranged for Term 1 2019. Again thank you for your contribution, we wouldn't be able to support the learning of our students without your help. Special mention to the MPW Fundraisers and the Lost Property Co-Ordinators.

Thank-you from Kerri

Well what a ride!  I would like to acknowledge and thank students, staff, parents and carers for their warmth, encouragement, and support over the Semester.   MPWPS is a wonderful school community with enlightened parents,carers and hardworking staff.  I am able to share with you that I will be returning in January to continue replacing Jeff who is on leave.  It is my privilege to be able to continue my role as Principal for the coming time.

Parent Calendar

We are working on developing our Term 1 Calendar of events and it will be sent via COMPASS in January.  The important dates are also entered onto the COMPASS Calendar which you have access to.  Please ensure you are up to date as staying informed is very important.

To all families, I wish you a very happy and safe holiday time.  If you celebrate Christmas may it be a joyous experience rich with your family and friends.


I look forward to welcoming you back for the start of the 2019 school year.





School Council

School Council Membership 2018

Parent members:

  • Louise Evans 
  • Ben Atchison 
  • Lisa Shaw 
  • Simone Beever
  • Lee Cath
  • Nigel Keegan
  • Jarrod Smith
  • Nigel Toussaint

 DET members:

  • Kerri Simpson - Executive Officer
  • Michelle Bovè
  • Helen Lockart
  • Vicki McCormack
  • Alyena Mohummadally
  • Sandra Monaghan (School Council Secretary)

School Council Report 17th December 2018

2018 has been a big year at Moonee Ponds West. The most significant process that has occurred this year was the school review. I had the privilege of sitting on the review panel, participating in three out of the four days of the review. I was very impressed by the thoroughness of the independent process which consisted of focus groups with students, parents/carers, teachers, and leaders. MPW students stood out for their confidence, articulation and support and love of the school.

As a good review should do, the process did identify some areas for improvement around consistency of approach across the school in teaching practices, better planning opportunities, more active engagement of students in their learning choices and more effective partnership with parents/carers. These priorities will now form the basis of the school’s strategic plan and annual implementation plans for the next four years.

Toilets, toilets, toilets – a focus of Junior School Council, Resources Committee and Master Planning sub-committee for several years. You may have noticed but these are actually now underway, and we are adding the toilets in the  Hall Building to be done as well.

The Environment Sub-Committee has made great ground as a new committee this year. They have updated the environment policy, attracted new parent members, applied for grants and we have become a Resource Smart School.

Thanks to the support of all school councillors this year and to Sandra as the Secretary and to both Jeff and Kerri as Executive Officers. I’m looking forward to saying farewell to the grade 6s tomorrow who been fantastic role models. Looking ahead to 2019 and wish everyone a relaxing break.


Next meeting: Monday 25th February 2019

Education News 

Keeping kids safer online over summer 

Julie Inman Grant, eSafety Commissioner

As the year draws to a close, holidays will soon be upon us – and like many people I’m looking forward to the fun and joy, while also feeling a tiny bit of trepidation.  Along with the festivities, there may be long-haul travel and stresses associated family tension or gift-giving expectations.


While I’m usually the last person to leave the holiday party or utter a “bah humbug”, it is important to keep in mind that this time of year can be particularly challenging for young people navigating the online world.

If you are like me, you can only bear to play “I Spy” for so many hours on the road trip to grandma’s before screens are permitted.  And let’s be really honest:  most of us parents are anticipating our children crying, “I’m bored!!!” only nanoseconds into the long summer break.

Technology is one way to keep them entertained, but we can forget that their use needs to be balanced to ensure healthy and happy experiences.


It’s surprising how many toys or devices are Internet-enabled these days, from drones and smart teddies to tablets and wearables - even those used by young children can have unexpected safety risks. Our eSafety gift guide suggests some simple tips to manage this, including deactivating voice or recording features, using parental controls and activating privacy settings.

Sadly, there’s also another online risk to look out for, particularly over summer: cyber bullying.


W.O.W what a year it has been!

Wow, what a year it has been for the Wipe Out Waste team.

Please find attached a pictorial summary of achievements for 2018.


Music News

MVIMP 2019

A reminder to all students that are planning to join MVIMP for 2019 or continuing in the program, expressions of interest are required to be handed in by Wednesday 19th to the Office. If you would like to borrow your instrument to keep your practice up over the holidays you are required to complete a borrowing permission form. 

If you have questions at all please contact Sandra Monaghan in the Office.

Soundgarage Concerts 

Soundgarage Enrolment form due

If you would like to re-enrol/enrol in Soundgarage for 2019 please return your enrolment form to the office prior to end of Term 4 2018.

Thank you for your support of Soundgarage, see you in 2019!

Any further questions or queries please feel free to contact Maddie Owen or 0401 844 522.

Fundraising Events

Christmas Raffle 2018

A reminder to all families to return your raffle tickets and monies as soon as possible, don't miss out on the opportunity to win one of the fantastic prizes.


Fundraising 2018

Thank you to the MPW Community for generously contributing to our fundraising efforts for 2018. Below is a summary of what we have raised to date with the Christmas raffle to be included after Friday.


Term 1

Back to MPW                                                                          $507.17

Movie Night                                                                            $4700.75

Term 2

Trivia Night                                                                             $8932.06

Term 3

Parent Social - "A Touch of Bond"                                $2014.95

Term 4

Bunning's BBQ                                                                      $2450.55

Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall                                   $3138.31

Total 2018 to date.....                                                     $21,743.79

Fundraising contacts

Rachel, Danielle & Sophie - please enquire at the office and your details will be forwarded on to Rachel, Danielle and Sophie. 

School Information

General Office

Office:                                         8:15a.m - 4:45p.m

Telephone:                       9370 6875 / 9375 1197

FAX:                                                              9370 1909

Sandra Monaghan          Business Manager

Cristina Zelaya                 Administration Officer

Sharyn Reinke                  Administration Officer

Leadership Team

Principal - Acting

Kerri Simpson

Assistant Principal - Acting

Barbara Springfield 

Business Operations Manager 

Sandra Monaghan

Leading Teacher

Michelle Bové

Jarrod Sutton

Student Absences

If your child is absent from school (including illness and appointment), it is necessary to inform the  school.  This can be in the form of a telephone call, email, entering the absence through the COMPASS parent portal , in writing or by advising the office or classroom teacher directly.

If your child is sick it is advisable to not send your child to school.

2019 Term Dates

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January (Curriculum Day) to Friday 5th April

Term 2:

Tuesday 23rd April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Friday 20th December


End of term dismissal is at 2.30 pm for Terms 1, 2 & 3 and End of Year dismissal is at 1.30 pm.

Curriculum Days

Term 1:

Tuesday 29th January  and Friday 8th March 

Term 3:

Thursday 25th July 

Term 3:

Monday 4th November

Before and After School Care

At MPW before and after school care is provided by Camp Australia. The service operates 7.15  - 8.45 am in the morning and  3.30 to 6.15 pm afternoons.  Camp Australia can be contacted on 1300 105 343.

To enrol your child please go to

Lost Property

In 2018 - a significant amount of unnamed clothing and unnamed plastic containers were donated to charity each month.


Our lost property is managed by parent volunteers and we need your help to reduce this  workload and loss of property.


You can help by:

  • ensuring that all belongings are clearly marked with students' names and room numbers
  • regularly check (and encourage your child/ren to check) for their lost property
  • remember that it is the responsibility of students and families to regularly check lost property and reclaim items

When is unnamed lost property cleared and donated to charity?

  • Last Friday of every month

Where is lost property?

In the Gym on the right hand side, as you walk in.

Community Calendar


Tuesday 11th December

Whole School Transition Day

Wednesday 12th December

Environment Committee 18:00

Friday 14th December

Student Reports home

Monday 17th December

School Council 18:00

Wednesday 19th December

Year 6 Graduation

Friday 21st December

End of year Assembly 9:00

End of Term 4  Early dismissal @13:30


Tuesday 29th January

Curriculum Day (Teachers return)

Wednesday 30th January

Term 1 begins - Grades 1-6 

Thursday 31st January

Term 1 Begins - Foundation students



Friday 22nd March

MPW Movie Night

Community News



Moonee Ponds West Primary School
Wow final newsletter item.pdf
Wow 2019 summary.pdf
2019 PARENT REP Info and EOI_MPWPS.pdf
Wow 2018 summary.pdf
2018 PARENT REP Info and EOI_MPWPS.pdf
2019 PARENT REP Info and EOI_MPWPS.pdf